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Discovery Divers is a professional and highly experienced liveaboard operator offering unforgettable voyages throughout the entire Egyptian Red Sea. Featuring two recently refurbished vessels designed specifically for diving, as well as comfortable, modern facilities, high standards of service, and a variety of world-class itineraries, Discovery Divers is the perfect choice for an unbeatable Red Sea dive holiday.
From their base in Hurghada on the Egyptian mainland, Discovery Divers is perfectly placed to offer unforgettable voyages throughout the entire Red Sea. Catering to individuals, couples and groups alike, Discovery Divers draw upon years of Red Sea liveaboard experience to provide unbeatable diving holidays. Their fleet of two vessels have both been recently refurbished and are designed with divers’ needs in mind. Featuring multiple relaxing sun decks, spacious, modern saloons, and well-designed dive decks – as well as superb freshly-prepared cuisine, complimentary nitrox, and camera facilities – the Discovery Divers fleet is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of divers.
The Sinai Peninsula marks the northernmost tip of the Red Sea, with the Gulf of Suez to the west, and the Gulf of Aqaba to the east. The region abounds with cultural heritage and religious significance and has long drawn visitors looking to immerse themselves in its fascinating history. Sharm El-Sheikh at the south of the peninsula, and Hurghada on the Egyptian mainland, have developed from small fishing villages into busy tourist destinations with bustling beaches and vibrant nightlife – while Dahab offers a more relaxed hippie-like atmosphere and remains relatively underdeveloped.
Despite being a hub for liveaboard departures, the northern Red Sea abounds with coastal reefs and islands providing exceptional day-trip diving in calm, relaxed conditions. The area boasts a vast range of marine habitats to explore, such as Dahab’s famous Blue Hole and several incredible wrecks like the SS Thistlegorm. Situated at the very tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Mohammed Marine Park is a firm favourite among divers and includes the famous Yolanda Reef.
Running south along the coast from Safaga to Marsa Alam, Egypt’s central Red Sea area offers a quieter, more peaceful atmosphere than that of the north. While Safaga is a sparse and somewhat sleepy port town with few tourist facilities, Marsa Alam offers bustling beaches, energetic nightlife and a variety of activities such as dolphin spotting, quad biking, camel riding and kitesurfing.
Home to a collection of offshore reefs, Egypt’s central Red Sea offers a great mix of experiences, with an abundance of shore dives, day trips to world-famous dive sites, and superb liveaboard voyages. Amongst the sheltered coastal bays, guests can find eerie wrecks, thriving coral reefs, and seagrass beds grazed by dugongs. Further offshore, Elphinstone, the Brother Islands and the remote Daedalus Reef each feature dizzying walls, exhilarating currents and heart-pounding pelagic action with oceanic whitetips, hammerheads and more.
Beginning around 100km south of Marsa Alam, Egypt’s southern Red Sea comprises a series of offshore reefs and islands stretching south to Egypt’s border with Sudan. Fury Shoal lies around 10km north of Ras Bonas, marking the start of the region, while St John’s Reef is the country’s southernmost dive site – sitting just a fin kick if two from the border. Zabargad and Rocky Island lie between the two at a distance of around 70km from the mainland.
In recent years, these sites have become renowned for their incredibly healthy coral reefs, exciting currents, and frequent encounters with large pelagic fish. Unsurprisingly, these remote islands feature plenty of steep walls descending into the depths, but it is the sheer diversity of dive environments that makes these islands one of the southern Red Sea’s biggest draws – offering everything from shallow, sheltered bays to beautiful wrecks and incredible maze-like tunnels.
Built in 2005, MY Amelia Discovery was completely refitted in 2017 and has been designed with divers in mind. The 32-meter wooden vessel can comfortably accommodate up to 20 guests in 8 twin and 2 double cabins. All cabins feature air-conditioning and private en-suite bathrooms. On the main deck, guests will find the modern and spacious salon which features a separate dining and lounge area equipped with a bar. Freshly cooked meals are served buffet-style and drinks and snacks are available throughout the day. The upper deck boasts an outdoor lounge equipped with a bar and a relaxing shaded area furnished with tables and chairs. MY Amelia Discovery’s top deck is reserved for sun-lovers, featuring plenty of mattresses for sunbathing and relaxing between dives.
Diving on board MY Amelia Discovery takes place from the spacious dive deck and swim platform located at the back of the boat – providing easy access to the vessel’s two 5.25-meter zodiacs. Each guest is provided with individual storage boxes and ample space for gearing up. Rental equipment is available with advanced notice and nitrox blends of up to 32% are provided free of charge for certified divers. 12-litre aluminium tanks are used and DIN adapters are available. This vessel is also equipped with camera stations and separate rinse tanks for underwater photographers and is able to provide tech diving and rebreather support.
Built in 2014, MY Samira Discovery was completely refitted in 2018, and like its sister vessel, has been designed with divers in mind. This 37-meter wooden liveaboard can comfortably accommodate up to 22 guests in 8 twin cabins and 3 honeymoon suites. All cabins feature air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms while the honeymoon suites boast additional entertainment systems and a mini bar. The modern, air-conditioned salon and dining area are located on the main deck where guests can sample freshly-prepared buffet-style meals or relax in front of the entertainment system. On the upper deck, guests will find the outdoor lounge and bar area providing the perfect space to socialise and swap stories after a day of diving. The top deck is home to a large, partially-shaded sun deck equipped with comfortable loungers.
MY Samira Discovery’s large dive deck, located at the back of the boat, provides plenty of space for gearing up and allows access to the vessel’s two 5.25-meter zodiacs. Each guest is provided with individual storage boxes and ample space for gearing up. Rental equipment is available with advanced notice and nitrox blends of up to 32% are provided free of charge for certified divers. 12-litre aluminium tanks are used and DIN adapters are available. This vessel is also equipped with camera stations and separate rinse tanks for underwater photographers and is able to provide tech diving and rebreather support.
An example itinerary for Discovery Divers’ North & Straits of Tiran voyage lasts for 7-nights and departs from Hurghada. The sailing on this route is very short and the variety of sites caters to all diving levels. Guests will have the opportunity to dive the amazing reefs found in Ras Mohammed National Park and the Strait of Tiran, such as the Jackson and Thomas Reefs, Shark Observatory, and Jackfish Alley. Other sites include Ras Nasrani, White Knight, The Gardens, Pinky Walls, Paradise and Ras Umm Sidd.
An example itinerary for Discovery Divers’ North & Brothers voyage lasts for 7-nights and departs from Hurghada. The cruise sails north towards Gubal Island and Abu Nuhas to explore the Giannis D, Carnatic, the 'Lentil Wreck' and the 'Tile Wreck'. Next up is the Rosalie Moller (the sister ship of the slightly more famous Thistlegorm), which lies from 30 to 50 metres deep and is in excellent condition, followed by the famous SS Thistlegorm! Nearby is the Ras Mohamed National Park, offering a morning dive at the renowned 'Shark and Yolanda' reefs.
After sailing to the Brothers, guests can explore stunning walls covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians, with plenty of tuna, barracudas, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can sometimes be found there. Sightings of the grey reef shark are almost guaranteed on the North and South Plateaux of Small Brother. On the return to Hurghada via Safaga guests can dive at Panorama Reef or the famous wreck of Salem Express for a memorable finale.
An example itinerary for Discovery Divers’ Daedalus, Rocky & Zabargad voyage lasts for 7-days and departs from Port Ghalib. Once at Daedalus, guests can dive amongst mountainous, pristine, hard coral formations with a strong chance of spotting schooling hammerheads, grey reef sharks and oceanic whitetips. Zabargad Island is next up, offering spectacular walls abundant with soft coral and the 75-meter Russian Wreck believed to be The Khanka.
The vessel will then head to Rocky Island to explore its fringing reef, vast drop offs, and sheer walls covered with beautiful soft corals, gorgonias, fans, and sponges. Here guests can spot hammerheads, grey reef and whitetip reefs sharks, as well as manta rays, turtles and dolphins. At St John's, guests can visit an array of first class dive sites such as Habili Ali, Habili Gafaar, Gota Kebir, Gota Soraya – famous for schools of hammerheads, silvertips, mantas and incredible tunnel complexes. The vessel will then return to port.
Discovery Divers’ North, Wrecks & Ras Mohammed cruise has something for everyone. An example itinerary lasts for 7 nights and departs from Hurghada, sailing north towards some of the Red Sea’s best reef diving and wreck diving. The famous horseshoe shaped reef of Shaab El Erg is a perfect example of the reefs on offer on this cruise with its beautiful hard coral garden and the chance to see dolphins. Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks – Giannis D, Carnatic, the Lentil Wreck and the Tile Wreck, all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life. Night dives can be superb in this area and Gubal Island offers protected anchoring for the night. A small wreck at 8-10 metres makes for a spectacular night dive with lionfish, scorpion fish and a resident giant moray eel.
An example itinerary for Discovery Divers’ Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone voyage lasts for 7-nights and departs from either Hurghada or Port Ghalib. The itinerary covers the top dive sites in Egypt’s central Red Sea, including the Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef and Elphinstone. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, the Brothers Islands offer stunning wall diving, and attract a diverse array of marine species including tuna, jacks and snapper accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silvertips, silky and oceanic white tip sharks, mantas and even occasional thresher sharks.
An example itinerary for Discovery Divers’ Deep South & Elphinstone voyage lasts for 7-nights and departs from Port Ghalib. Visiting Elphinstone, guests can dive shear walls covered in soft corals, offering possible encounters with grey reef sharks and even oceanic whitetips. The vessel will then move further south to explore sites such as Fury Shoals, with its famous swim-throughs, whitetip reef sharks and beautiful coral gardens, and St Johns, where guests can visit an array of first class dive sites such as Habili Ali, Habili Gafaar, Gota Kebir, Gota Soraya – famous for schools of hammerheads, silvertips, mantas and incredible tunnel complexes. The vessel will then disembark in Port Ghaleb.
An example itinerary for Discovery Divers’ Daedalus, Rocky, Zabargad & St Johns voyage lasts for 7-days and departs from Port Ghalib. This remote route is renowned for its biodiversity and rarity. First, guests will visit Zabargad Island, with its spectacular walls abundant with soft coral and the 75-meter Russian Wreck believed to be The Khanka.
The vessel will then head to Rocky Island to explore its fringing reef, vast drop offs, and sheer walls covered with beautiful soft corals, gorgonias, fans, and sponges. Here guests can spot hammerheads, grey reef and whitetip reefs sharks, as well as manta rays, turtles and dolphins. At St Johns, guests can visit an array of first class dive sites such as Habili Ali, Habili Gafaar, Gota Kebir, Gota Soraya – famous for schools of hammerheads, silvertips, mantas and incredible tunnel complexes. The vessel will then disembark in Port Ghaleb.